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  • Paperback: 180 pages
  • Publisher: Morgan James Publishing (Nov. 11 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1630474126
  • ISBN-13: 978-1630474126
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 1 x 20.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 181 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 14 customer reviews
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About the Author

Paul McQuillan is the owner and director of BeHot Yoga Toronto, a thriving yoga studio in downtown Toronto. A yoga teacher for nine years and a professional singer and actor for thirty, Paul has performed on stages in over sixty cities across North America, including on Broadway, and appeared in the documentary Planet Yoga. His controversial but popular article in Canada’s national newspaper, The Globe and Mail, is the inspiration for I Hate Yoga.

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INTRODUCTION

“I love you and because I love you, I would sooner have you hate me for telling you the truth than adore me for telling you lies.”
~Pietro Aretino

I hate yoga.
I really do. I don’t state this for effect.
Being grateful for something that has given me healing, prosperity, purpose, and meaningful relationships would be the evolved disclosure here.
But it isn’t. Because I hate it.
I’m too alarmingly focused on what contemporary Western society has done to yoga to find solace or understanding in the word anymore. Like many things in the Western world, yoga has been bastardized beyond recognition, to the point where saying it’s an authentic form of healing would be a great disservice to the sacred origin of the word. But after all, going to McDonald’s for a salad is like going to a hooker for a hug.
North America is the hooker. Yoga is the hug. Just clarifying.
So few people in North America, especially teachers of yoga and supposed “gurus,” actually know what yoga really is.
I certainly don’t, and I’ve been teaching it for nine years, but I know this: I hate it. I have to. It’s the only way to love it again.
The multiplying spawn of self-righteous yoga “knowers” must be obliterated. A yoga war must ensue, and I will begin by turning the gun on myself.
Being a card-carrying member, I know what it will take to destroy such a breed. An exorcism must be performed―one that holds me and all “yoga experts” out there accountable for what we’re doing.
If it seems like I’m tossing blame by starting the healing with yoga-hate, let me explain my theory for therapy.
Sometimes it’s necessary to hate something in order to revive its credibility and actually benefit from it. It’s not unlike the feelings many of us have experienced at the end of a nasty relationship. We hate that person―for a while, anyway. Then, after a varying amount of time passes, that feeling dissipates, the vitriol subsides, the whole experience just becomes information, and we can look at it all with some insight and clarity.
Then, if the stars align, as they should, we learn.
Only then can we proceed responsibly and progressively with regards to the subject, person, or situation that has been a tainted aspect of our history.
It’s important to understand something: The first half of this book isn’t about waxing poetic over the merits of yoga; pretentiousness cannot be part of the blueprint here.
It’s about dismantling the pseudo-merits so that that we can uncover what’s truly useful and start fresh.
Don’t worry. We’ll get the hate out of the way quickly enough, but it’s an integral part of the path.
In the teachings of Buddhism, one is told, “If you meet the Buddha, kill the Buddha.” In other words, we are always on a journey with no destination. If we ever feel like we’ve arrived, we didn’t really get the point. To name it is to not really know it.
Let’s kill yoga and all of the bullshit that has manifested around it. It’s time to let it die in our blood-soaked hands on our bullet-ridden yoga mats.
We’re going to do this together because here’s another admission: This book isn’t about me. It’s about you―and what you can get from this increasingly tarnished word, “yoga,” by simply stripping it of all its labels and ludicrous expectations.
And then, by practicing it.
I think I can help. As a matter of fact, I know I can.
Once we have cathartically performed our ugly yoga striptease and thrown down each garment of bogus credibility and confusion, we will then focus on watching the Yoga-Phoenix rise from the ashes.
We’ll remove the bewildering fear factor surrounding yoga and explore the truth behind the practice, revealing it to be a great healer. While on this journey, we will discover that yoga is wonderfully accessible to all of us.
This will take place only after the affectations surrounding yoga have been laid bare and exposed as nothing more than a societal red herring, distracting us from the beauty of a profoundly beneficial art form.
I want you to be the beneficiary.
Hang on, though. This first part could get a little ugly.


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As I say - buy this now even if you have never been to a class. As a guy, I struggled with the concept of Yoga, thinking it was not 'enough' in terms of exercise, how wrong could I be. I introduced a few male hockey playing colleagues to it, and they said it was the best workout they ever had - Bikram Yoga, 90 mins at 106 degrees to be precise.
Back to the book - Paul was one of my Bikram teachers, and his personality, drive and humour made the classes such fun, as well as hard work. All that comes out in this book, particularly his punchy humour. It's a quick easy read, very fast paced and extremely well written. I've been on a Yoga hiatus for 18 mths, but will be going back because of this book.
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Full disclosure: Paul McQuillan is my uncle. So, when I started to read—and was later asked to write a brief review for—his new book “I Hate Yoga: And Why You’ll Hate To Love It Too”, I was nervous. Not because I thought it would be anything but the brilliant, thought-provoking, humorous, and powerful book that it is, but because I wondered if people would believe me when I wrote about it. After all, Paul is family. But please, put this aside (along with that other book you’re reading), and take my word. “I Hate Yoga” is well worth the money and the one or two nights it will take you to read it. Whether or not you are into yoga, whether or not you agree with Paul’s perspectives, and heck, whether or not you are into reading (just ask my husband), this book is about life. Intertwined with an entertaining balance of amusing and heartfelt personal experiences, as well as up-to-date evidence and sage advice on a variety of issues, “I Hate Yoga” is about the pursuit of health, balance, and meaning in the face of everything that (and everyone who) discourages us from reaching our goals. Paul’s witty and seemingly effortless style of writing is one that leaves you wanting more; and fortunately for his family—and for you—he has succeeded in writing an honest and informative reflection of his journey that on some level, we can all relate to. I can’t wait to find out what Paul hates next!

Shauna Burke, PhD
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I Enjoyed this book and did find alot of humour in Paul McQuillan's writing which was very refreshing. But I did think that this really was just a very long pamplet for his studio. Well, Maybe not just for his studio but for Yoga studios. I don't know much about Bikrim and although he tried very hard to add lots of disclaimers to writing, I did find it a bit Bikrim Bashing (I should say here, I don't currently practice Bikrim, and have no plans to start, especially after the description here).
Overall, it was a quick easy, pleasant read... with small shots of humour and a few Yoga truths! Maybe I was just expecting too much, I think I was expecting a bit more satire and a few epiphonies as well.
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I understand why this book is getting a lot of hype. I'm a yoga lover, not a hater, so I was curious to see what this was all about. I like the sardonic humour of this author. He made me laugh, but did so with edge and style.
My favourite quote is when he goes at a tree-hugging yoga teacher who clearly isn't following the path she's pitching: "...I just listened to a yoga teacher go on annoyingly about how important to her it was that her yoga studio go paperless, not realizing that I just watched her pull into her parking spot in a gas-guzzling truck so big it could only be used to carry the weight of her hypocrisy." Hysterical.
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This is actually the first book I've read about yoga and I really liked it! It was definitely worth the time, and I'm pretty sure anyone who picked this book up (even those who don't do yoga or have very little experience with it) would love it too. This book is not really about hating yoga, but about life, and the path that we're all on. It's tied into the author's personal experiences with yoga, and I can honestly say that it's a very thoughtful, well written, and even humorous book.
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Paul McQuillan’s “I Hate Yoga” is—hands down—the most savvy yet outlandishly hilarious book I’ve probably ever read.

From yoga’s fall from grace to its jubilant comeback, McQuillan remains steadfast in his crusade to debunk the ugly underbelly of “posturing” that has cast a dark shadow over yoga while reclaiming its virtue.

With all the twists and turns, this book will leave you feeling like you just practiced yoga—sans the pontificating.

Brace yourself. It’s going to be one hell of a ride.
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"I Hate Yoga" is a humorous, informative look at yoga in the context of modern Western society. The author points out things that we've all seen in the Western "yoga culture" yet never really commented on. There's a particular emphasis on the (often negative) role of social media in marketing yoga. At times this book is downright hilarious times, and other times it makes you think. Worth the read!
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